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"the ed show" with ed shultz starts right now. good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" live from minneapolis tonight. 11 days until the 2012 election. mitt romney tells his biggest lie to date. you won't believe this one. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> i saw it today. one of the great manufacturers of this state. now owned by the italians is thinking of moving production to china. >> mitt romney unleashes a perfect storm of lies trying to fool buckeye state voters. former governor ted strickland and tim ryan are here with the the truth. >> when you take a look at colin powell, to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on issues or whether he has a slightly different reason for supporting president obama. >> colin powell's former chief of staff on sununu's charge.
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and michael eric dyson on racism as a campaign tactic in the year 2012. plus righties are freaking out, calling the obama campaign satanic over this ad. >> super uncool to be out and about, i wasn't ready. >> and lives hang in the balance if obama care gets repealed. pearl jam guitarist mike mccready is standing up for people with preexisting conditions and he joins "the ed show" tonight. >> thanks for watching. all eyes are on ohio in the final weeks of the 2012 election. the romney campaign hit a sour note last night at a rally in the buckeye state. ♪
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>> actually, the note mitt romney hit was a heck of a lot worse than that. the republican normminee out of nowhere told a crowd of supporters some unexpected information about auto jobs in nearby toledo, ohio. saw a story today of one of the great manufacturers of the state, jeep, now owned by italians is thinking of moving all production to china. i will fight for every good job in america and i'm going to fight to make sure trade is fair. >>. moving all production to china. folks, this is a gigantic lie. earlier this week, chrysler's parent company announced that it's in talks to increase operations throughout the entire world. now as bloomberg news reported chrysler referred to adding jeep production sites rather than shifting output from north
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america to china. translation, chrysler is so flushed with cash they are looking to expand operations to other countries including the world's largest customer. today chrysler announced 1100 new jobs at its jeep assembly plant in detroit, michigan. but wait a minute, mitt romney he didn't say anything about that. you see mitt romney would be talking about job creation then and that's something he says that barack obama doesn't know anything about. chrysler responded to this controversy. i want you to pay close attention to what a corporation said about what mitt romney said. first they start out saying, let's set the record straight. jeep has no intention of shifting production of its jeep models out of north america to china. it's simply reviewing the opportunities to return jeep output to china for the world's
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largest auto market. u.s. jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation, a careful and unbliesed reading of the bloomberg take would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments. you know what, folks? i don't think the obama campaign could have written that release. in fact, mitt romney's entire campaign is about unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments. his lie about chrysler was not only dishonest, it was irresponsible. romney said hundreds of jobs were at stake with no facts whatsoever to support his claim. where does he get his information. what kind of president is this guy going to be? it's like shouting fire in a crowded theater. romney is also a hypocrite. as president obama points out, mitt romney's plan for the auto workers of ohio would have actually sent jobs to china.
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>> he's hoping you remember that it's likely to create jobs in china because is shifts them overseas instead of here in the united states of america. if mitt romney had been president when the auto industry was on the verge of collapse, we might not have an automobile industry today. we'd be buying cars from china instead of selling to them. >> mitt romney's path to the presidency is impossible without ohio's 18 electoral votes. right now winning ohio is not looking good for romney. six ohio polls were released this week. five of them have president obama leading. one is tied. president obama's average lead in ohio is 2.3 points. that's a big lead, seriously. now families in northern ohio have not forgotten what the rescue of the automobile industry did for their state. one in eight ohio jobs are about
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the automobile industry. this is why mitt romney is doing everything he possibly can to down play the impact of the auto rescue. his political director says the obama campaign dropped the auto bailout on us, but there's only so long you can ride that one trick pony. you think getting a paycheck is a one-trick pony? romney called last night's event a victory rally. today romney gave a standard stump speech in iowa, but his campaign called it a victory event. so if you believe mitt romney, heck, he's already won the election. the auto rescue was no big deal and ohio jobs are getting shipped over to china. you can't believe a word this guy says. one no knows this isn't true is rob portman. portman knows romney is toast without ohio. >> if we don't win ohio, it's
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stuff to see us winning the election nationally. it's possible, but it's difficult. >> along with all of that, we have said that mitt romney is a candidate who is really lacking in e detail on every subject. now his electoral chances boil down to one state. the biggest deal in ohio is the economy. mitt romney flat out opposed the rescue, although he's tried to reinvent that time and time again. it's not surprising he would lie about car manufacturing jobs going to china. if he admits the the truth, he'll be finished in that state. so he's out there creating a story, telling people that a plant is going to be shut down by chrysler and the jobs are going overseas. nothing could be further from the truth. this is just falling right into the hands of the obama campaign. you can't make this stuff up. but you see if he were to talk about the 1100 jobs that
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chrysler added in detroit, then of course, that would be complimenting the president on job creation and saving the automobile industry. it's a tight spot for romney and his surrogates. get your cell phones out. tonight's question, is lying the only way mitt romney can win ohio? text a for yes, b for no to 622639. you can go to our blog online. we'll bring you results later on in the program. i'm joined by a couple sources who know all about automobile rescue. that is former governor ted strickland of ohio. and also with us tonight is congressman tim ryan of ohio. gentlemen, great to have you with us. governor, you first. i can only think that this is a complete disservice to the people of ohio to go out in front of a crowd and erroneously put out information that cuts
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right to the fabric of what this election is all about and that's jobs. what's your reaction? >> my reaction is that mitt romney is a desperate man. he knows he's losing ohio. if he loses ohio, he's lose iin the election. for him to do what he did is despicable. think of the angst that those workers felt when they heard him say that. obviously, it showed a lack of judgment and a lack of truthfulness. this man is not ready to be the president of the united states of america. as jon huntsman said duri, you know where he's going to be on any given day. the latest example of his desperation in trying to reach the ohio voter but ohioans have figured this guy out, they know who's on their side and it's barack obama and joe biden. and that's why i am convinced to
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my depths that ohio is going to do the right thing and the president is going to be reelected with ohio's support. >> congressman ryan, accuracy is important in your business. to stand up in front of people and say something that's flat out false, doesn't this speak to the character of mitt romney to play with people's emotions like this? >> i don't think there's any doubt about it. it does show the kind of coldness that we saw with him at bain capital. the kind of detachment when he talks about these issues. he didn't even consider the families that would have been affected in northwest ohio by his comments. they have had enough problems dealing with the romney policies, the bush economic policies, the way they have handled things. but he's not happy with that. he comes in and continues to try to scare people.
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this is a consistent pattern, though, ed. this is the same kind of business these republicans do. they troll around on the intern internet. they find one story that's made up and they use it. whether it's todd akin use iing like his science that he has for legitimate rape or the goofy stuff they come up with climate change. now he finds an article about china. god knows where it's come from. he pedals it as the truth in ohio. but the reality on the ground is so much different. people are working because of obama so the nonsense doesn't work. >> congressman, what about the 1100 jobs that chrysler is adding in detroit? why didn't mitt romney say that? >> well, of course, any good news. i'm sure he didn't talk about the growth he's had. he didn't talk about any of the positive things happening. he didn't want to bring it up because there's a lot of people in northwest ohio that would
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work in those plants or would expand because they are part of a supply chain out there. he doesn't want to give obama any credit. people here in ohio are enthusiastic about what's happening in this election and romney is trying to throw water on the fire. but what's actually happening is with all of obama coming in, we're throwing gas on the fire and ohio is going to deliver and prevent mitt romney from becoming president. >>. governor, isn't this a perfect example that mitt romney will say anything, anywhere to try to get a vote? the truth just simply doesn't matter? >> absolutely, ed. but ohioans, they figured this guy out. a swiss bank account, investments saying he likes to fire people, cars with el -- i mean homes with elevators for his cars. then we saw him in that
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videotape talking in such a disparaging, disrespectful way about so many americans and many of those people are ohioans. this guy doesn't understand regular working people. he's so out of touch. so it may be easy for him to come into a community and talk as he did and say he's going to lose all these jobs. not thinking about what it means for all those people. >> here's what i take out of the story. this guy wants to be president of the united states. he takes a morsel of information off the internet. it's totally not checked out. not resourced. he's willing to use it in front of people. this is the most reckless example we have seen of how he would operate. he simply is not qualified to have the responsibility of the presidency and operate in the oval office. great to have you with us. ted strickland of ohio and congressman tim ryan with us. thank you so much.
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coming up, john sununu plays the race card and claims that colin powell's endorsement of president obama is based on his skin color. i'll have reaction from former chief of staff lawrence wilkerson and we'll talk with michael dyson about the role of race in the 2012 election.
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and a rock star shares his story of living with a preexi preexisting condition and why the affordable health care act is important to him and millions of americans. pearl jam guitarist mike mccready will join me later on the program. share your thoughts on facebook and twitter. we're coming right back. [ female announcer ] today, jason is here to volunteer to help those in need. when a twinge of back pain surprises him. morning starts in high spirits, but there's a growing pain in his lower back. as lines grow longer, his pain continues to linger.
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but after a long day of helping others, he gets some helpful advice. just two aleve have the strength to keep back pain away all day. today, jason chose aleve. just two pills for all day pain relief. try aleve d for strong, all day long sinus and headache relief. welcome back to "the ed show." thanks for watching tonight. big news when one of the republicans of the bush administration endorses a democrat for president. tonight the reaction to the endorsement is making headlines as well. colin paul, the former general
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carefully laid out his case in support of reelecting president obama on national television yesterday morning. >> i think generally we have come out of the dive and starting to gain altitude. i also saw the president get us out of one war and start to get us out of a second war and not into any new wars. i'm more comfortable with president obama and his administration when it comes to issues of climate and immigration and education. i think we ought to keep on the track that we are on. >> the former secretary of state ruffled some republican feathers. the romney campaign deployed former governor john sununu to respond. that's when things got ugly. >> when you take a look at colin paul, you have to wonder whether that's an endorsement mace basted on issues or whether he has a slightly different reason for preferring president obama. >> what reason would that be? >> well, when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being president of the united states, i applaud colin
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for standing with him. >> did you catch the first line from sununu? here it is. >> when you take a look at colin powell -- >> he said, when you take a look at colin powell. as if it's obvious why powell would endorse a black president because he's a black guy too, right? this is outrageous. this morning a radio host had an interview with the president and asked the president if he was offended by sununu's remarks. >> any suggestion that general powell would make such a profound statement in such an important election based on anything than what he thought was what's going to be best for america i think, doesn't make much sense. >> here comes the mop up. sununu has issued a statement calling general powell a friend and says that he respects the endorsement. he says, i do not doubt that it
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was based on anything but his support for the president's policies. it's not exactly an apology, is it, folks? he stated that powell's decision was influenced by race. it's certainly not about race. it's about policy and the performance of the president of the united states over the last four years. general powell did you want think romney is ready for the job. as for sununu, he's just coming off as an angry old white guy who doesn't like diversity. let's turn to former chief of staff at the state department during colin powell's term and currently the visiting professor at the college of william and mary. right to the point, what do you think of john sununu's assessment of colin powell? >> i have respect for him as a member of the party, but no respect for the position that he
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seemed to codify. look at me, ed, i'm white. i'm not black. colin powell picked me because of the content of my character and competence, as he did every white person, black person, asian, that worked for him. to say that colin powell would endorse president obama because of his skin color is like saying mother theresa worked for profit. >> do you agree with general powell's endorsement? do you agree with that? >> i won't speak for him, but i will say that i thought he was rather forthright in the way he characterized it. i agree basically with the way he characterize d it. president obama inherited a catastrophe of failing housing market, collapsing automobile industry, a huge debt, 800,000 jobs lost. he inherited what george bush and dick cheney gave him. in the four years he's been
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president, he's made steady improvement. he stabilized the financial system, he saved the automobile industry. he needs another four years in order to make more improvements because there's still lots of improvements that need to be made including more jobs. so let's give him four years rather than go to a man who is so slick that we don't even know from the primaries to now what he stands for. >> colonel wilkerson, in the comment he made, he said when you look at colin powell, there may be other reasons he would support president obama. what does this say about the republican party? isn't this getting to be somewhat of a brand of the republican party? >> i think it was an unfortunate slip of words, but you're insinuating something that is absolutely accurate. my party, unfortunately, is the
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of those people who are still basing their decision on race. let me be candid. my party is full of racists. the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants president obama out of the white house has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence, and everything to do with the color of his skin. and that's despicable. >> what does it say about mitt romney to allow john sununu to slip away with this without repurr cushion whatsoever? >> it says that mitt romney will use any tactic whatsoever to win the white house. >> colonel lawrence wilkerson, great to have you with us. i appreciate your candor so much. thank you for visiting with us tonight. this isn't the first time that john sununu has engaged in race baiting.
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why does the romney campaign keep using this guy as a surrogate? michael dyson will weigh in next. and then mitt romney has no plans to cut ties with richard mur douk. we are right back on "the ed show." okay, that
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when you take a look at colin powell, you have to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on issues or whether he's got a slightly different reason
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for preferring president obama. >> what reason would that be? >> i think when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being president of the united states, i applaud colin for standing with him. >> that was former new hampshire governor and top mitt romney surrogate john sununu accusing former secretary of state colin powell of issuing a racially-motivated endorsement of president obama. sununu has an active role in the romney campaign. this isn't the first time that sununu has race baited while advocating for the republican nominee. and the romney campaign keeps putting him out there. >> the president clearly demonstrated that he has absolutely no idea how the american economy functions. i wish this this president would learn how to be an american. >> he has no idea how the american system functions. and we shouldn't be surprised about that. because he spent his early years
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in hawaii smoking something. >> people saw last night was a president that e revealed his incompetence, how lazy and detached he is. >> i want to give you a chance to take it back. did you mean to call the president of the united states lazy? >> yes. >> joining me now is michael eric dyson, msnbc political analyst and professor of sociology at georgetown university. michael, great to have you with us again tonight. let's see, he hopes that barack obama learns something. he accuses him of smoking something and by the way, he's lazy. and now this most recent thing when you look at colin powell, why hasn't the romney campaign stopped using this guy on television or at least tried to reel him in of sorts. >> apparently the romney administration, if you will, the romney campaign is comfortable with presenting john sununu as
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its face when it comes to race baiting about the president of the united states. they congregate around the rhetoric that john sununu uses. president obama is lazy. he's ill prepared. he's disengaged. he's not a true american. this is the repetition of an untruth that they believe said often enough and repeated often enough will become true and stick to a few people's minds. not the masses of americans, but enough people to make a difference. there's a difference understanding of the swing vote and they are hoping that will stick. there's no explanation why there's a guy who continues to insult the president continues to be the face of the romney campaign when it comes to these issues. >> and of course, the candidate himself has yet to make any kind of comment that he thinks that maybe mr. sununu may have been over the line. he continues to support him. does not command any kind of
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clarification he put out was anything but an apology. what does this say about his leadership? >> it says that he's ill equipped to deal with issues that are uncomfortable. he has no social responsibility when it comes to arguing with his own representatives about how they should appropriately represent him. or suggest that he is implicitly in agreement with the vicious attitudes of mr. sununu. that would be quite dangerous and striking and fundamentally that would be an extension of the believes of a campaign that's not been very sensitive around the issues of race. when you couple that insensitivity with the effect of these remarks, all you can conclude is that this is what the man believes and he allows his attack dog to go out and say things he can't directly say. >> professor, we just had lawrence wilkerson on, former
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chief of staff for colin powell and he made this comment. i want you to respond to it. here it is. >> my party is full of racists. and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants president obama out of the white house has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with with his competence as president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. >> professor dyson, your response to that. >> there it is. the truth has never been more clearly spoken than when he expressed that. here's the presup sogs of so many people of the republican party who want to find any excuse to get barack obama out of office. isn't it interesting that john sununu says that the only reason colin powell supported him is because he's black. does that mean any time a white politician is supported by a white person that there's a racial element there. how ridiculous is that?
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african-american people are held to a different standard, are not seen as american, are lazy. by projecting all these stereotypes, it's not the president of the united states being insulted, it's the entirety of african-american people. that's why this insult rings so powerfully. that's why it's dangerous and why i think mitt romney is a coward for not stepping up and speaking out about the vistriol is spewing. >> it's been a terrible week for the romney campaign. a bad debate on monday night. the mourdock explosion on the war on will. him lying to the people in ohio about shipping jobs overseas and now you have his top surrogate saying, you know when you look at colin powell, there might be another reason he's supporting barack obama. i don't know how much of a disastrous week the romney camp could have had. michael eric dyson, great to have you with us. a lot more coming up in the next half hour.
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senate candidate richard mourdock. he said at a debate that pregnancies that result from rape are a gift from god. and mitt romney has publically shown he has no intention of cutting ties with the extremist candidate. romney has repeatedly ignored reporters questions on the matter on the campaign trail. instead romney's campaign issued a weak statement of support for mourdock. then there's mitt romney's tv ad endorsing mourdock made one day before mourdock made this offending comment. >> this fall i'm supporting richard mourdock for senate. >> that ad has not been taken down. in fact, today ream's senior adviser told the associated press romney would not interfere with mourdock's advertising. that's his decision when asked whether the campaign wants mourdock to remove the ads. he added that romney feels he's
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addressed the matter and doesn't plan to address it further. the vice president spoke about that on the campaign trail earlier tying mourdock and todd akin to the republican ticket. >> they made it very clear, very clear that they do not believe a woman has a right to control her own body. they can't even -- they can't even get up the gumption to condemn the statements made by two of their candidates for the united states senate. it's not enough to tell me you don't agree. it's have the moral courage to stand up and say what they said was wrong, simply wrong. >> i'm joined by terri o'neill, president of the national organization for women. great to have you with us. you know, the ad has not been taken down. governor romney says that, you know, he's properly addressed all of this.
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does it matter at this it point? hasn't the damage been done that they are not going to be able to reverse this in the next ten days? >> i don't think they want to reverse it? i don't think they will be able to reverse it even if they want to. romney believes abortion should be criminal in all cases men has a personal history of trying to stop a woman from having an abortion when her life was being threatened by the pregnancy. her father was so upset at romney's efforts to stop her from exercising this choice he threw romney out of his home and he was recently interviewed and is still angry about it. mitt romney can't rinse off richard mourdock's comments. mourdock and romney and paul ryan and todd akin, these men are pursuing policies that are extremely dangerous for women. i think that women are going to know it it and i think that the tide is now going to turn very sharply against romney among women. >> it's not just mourdock and
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akin. there's a collection of these people. in fact, they are just one of 13 republican senate candidates who do not support abortion in cases of rape. i mean this crowd is growing. what's it say for the future of women's rights and health care in america? >> you know, so many people are having a hard time, i think, wrapping their minds around what's going on in the republican party and you're absolutely right. this is not just those four men. what's happening is since citizens united which led them to the elections with tea party extremists coming, in the control of the republican party has shifted to the most extreme elements in that party. the republican party is known for once you get believers of power, you hold total control. it's not just happening in senate races, although it's there too. in the state, florida is a classic example. voters are being asked to approve a ballot amendment that
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would selectively undo the right of privacy just for women, just for purposes of abortion. and another ballot amendment to allow public funding for religion. so block women's basic health at the same time you provide public funding for religion. this is going on at the state and federal level. and my only concern is that people will not wake up to it soon enough. but i think women are wakie ini and this is why we're going to win. >> it's been 72 hours since the mourdock story has been unearthed nationally. do you see a change? do you see this really affecting this election? do you really see that women are waking up to this agenda? >> i can tell you that we have volunteers in swing states like virginia and ohio and wisconsin and what i'm seeing is more energy. more energy on our side. more people calling and saying
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we want to get on the phones with you and go door to door with your activists. i am seeing that. >> terri o'neill, great to have you with us tonight. i appreciate your time. coming up, conservatives are clutching their pearls over an obama campaign ad that recycles a joke made by one of their idols over 30 years ago. stay tuned. today, jason is he to volunteer to help those in need. when a twinge of back pain surprises him. morning starts in high spirits, but there's a growing pain in his lower back. as lines grow longer, his pain continues to linger. but after a long day of helping others, he gets some helpful advice. just two aleve have the strength to keep back pain away all day. today, jason chose aleve. just two pills for all day pain relief. try aleve d for strong, all day long sinus and headache relief.
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26-year-old lena dunham, creator and star of the hbo series "girls" has become one of the most devisive voices, but a
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powerful voice nonetheless. but when she coordinated for an ad, it was bound to make some waves. >> your first time shouldn't be with just anybody. you want to do it with a great guy. it should be with a guy with beautiful -- someone who cares about and understands women. a guy who carries whether you get skmurns whether you get birth control. my first time voting was ama amazing. it was a line in the sand. before i was a girl, now i was a woman. i went to the polling station, pulled back the curtain. i voted for barack obama. >> conservativives are outraged. think about this. the party that cannot stop redefining rape is up in arms over a suggestive ad meant to encourage young people to vote. rush limbaugh was certainly showing no sense of irony. kelly fenton has since deleted a
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tweet saying he was advised by sat satan. that's just a sampling. conservatives focusing on the innuendo simply are missing the point. there's nothing explicit here. humor is used to make serious points about policies affecting the audience dunham is speaking to. if republicans want to know who is responsible for the joke comparing voting to sex, well they should take a look at their own party. let's go back to 1980. >> i know what it's like the first time you pull that republican lever because i used to be a democrat myself. i can tell you, it only hurts for a minute. and then you'll feel just great. >> get a life, republicans.
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tonight in our survey i asked, is lying the only way mitt romney can win in ohio? 98% of you said yes. 2% of you said no. coming up, mitt romney has promised if he's elected, he will repeal obama care on day one. if this happens, people with preexisting conditions, well they are going to go back to square one. up next, guitarist mike mccready on why the country needs to vote to keep o'bap care. we're right back. ♪ leaving my homeland
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day one with all the energy i can muster. >> we'll repeal obama care. >> we'll repeal obama care. >> we're going to repeal obama care. >> we do provide care for people who don't have insurance. if someone has a heart attack, they don't sit in their apartment and die. we pick them up in an ambulance and take them to the hospital and give them care. >> and in the big finish tonight, as you can see, the stakes are so high in this election people's lives literally depend on the outcome. mitt romney has said many times if she's elected, he will repeal obama care on day one. if romney gets his way, it's back to business as usual for health insurance companies in this country. they'll be back to imposing lifetime limits on coverage. if you're under 26, you can say good-bye to your parent's health
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care plan. you can say good-bye to free checkups. and most importantly, if you have a preexisting condition, you can be denied health coverage in america under the old system. our guest is the lead guitarist for pearl jam. mike mccready knows all about being denied coverage for having a preexisting condition. he's a big advocate of obama care and put out this video supporting affordable care act. >> disease keeps reoccurring. if you can get the insurance for that, your life will be better. it's very hard to do it, to have kroens and go on the road. i'd have to run off stage. it's equally as hard to have to drive to a 9-5 job.
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because of the affordable care act, we're about to have health care for everyone. i have a preexisting condition and i feel like i have some hope. anybody who doesn't have the means that i have will have it too. >> we are joined tonight on "the ed show." mike mccready, lead guitarist for the rock band pearl jam. great to have you with us. . and thank you for speaking up. i had not seen that little clip until right now. it's very effective. give us some background on your situation and why you're supporting the affordable care act. >> thank you for having me on. i'm supporting the affordable care act because i have a preexisting condition called kroens disease. i have been denied twice by insurance companies and felt the sting of that.
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and it was -- it made me realize that i'm pretty fortunate and the people that are less fortunate than me, teachers, kids in school, truck drivers, anybody around america that maybe are not in a place that i'm at, if they are having a preexisting condition or any kind of troubles with disease and can't get health care, i don't know what they go through other than terrible suffering and pain. that makes me crazy. i don't believe that they should have to. >> with what you've been through, do you feel like america is not treating you fairly and there's a real sense of unfairness throughout all this? we're a better country than this? what about that? >> i don't necessarily feel america is treating me unfairly. i feel that america is a land of opportunity, the land of milk and honey. all the cliches i grew up
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learning. but it is a land of opportunity where anything possible can happen. and it did for me because of where i live. and i think that we're better than not allowing our people to not have insurance. we're a better country than that. and i think we can be a beacon of hope and light in terms of health care around the world. >> what do you make of mitt romney's emergency room comment? how does that strike you? >> you'll have to restate it because i don't recall. >> he said if people get sick, they can just go to the emergency room. >> yeah. i know that it's a lot more expensive than just that. and in terms of thinking about the middle class or the lower class, the poor people, when you
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just go into an emergency room, you're going to end up spend ing a lot of money. just an example of a $10 aspirin and multiply that by whatever else you have to take. certain drugs you have to take $1,000 a shot. and that just seems ridiculous to me. i don't think it's just that easy going into an emergency room. you may have to mortgage your house to actually take care of your sick child. >> i commend you for coming out and doing this advocacy work. it's very important. the young people that follow your work. i have to ask you. your favorite song your group has ever recorded? i would be remissed if i didn't ask you that. >> "in hiding" that stone wrote. it was a demo callmo